Public Forum: People's uprising in Sri Lanka



6:30pm to 8:30pm Tuesday 09 August


Resistance Centre, Level 5, 407 Swanston Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Sydney Resistance Centre & Bookshop Shop 4, 22-36 Mountain St
Ultimo NSW 2007


Public Forum: People's Uprising in Sri Lanka
Tuesday August 9, 6.30pm AEDST
Online and in-person in Melbourne & Sydney.

In-person locations

Melbourne: Level 5, 407 Swanston St, Melbourne, 3000.

Sydney: Shop 4, 22-36 Mountain St
Ultimo NSW 2007.

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Meeting ID: 862 2201 0921


  • Kaushalya Ariyaratne, National People's Power
  • Nuwan Bopage, Frontline Socialist Party & protest leader from Galle Face protest camp 
  • Janaka Biyanwila, Green Left journalist who has been in Sri Lanka for the last month. He is an author of ‘The Labour Movement in the Global South: Trade Unions in Sri Lanka’
  • Iyngaranathan Selvaratnam is a Tamil Refugee Activist and Community Development Worker based in Sydney.
  • Lionel Bopage, veteran Sri Lankan leftist, human rights activist and former leader of a mass liberation movement in Sri Lanka in the 1970s and 1980s.

The success of Sri Lanka’s mass movement in forcing the removal of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is an incredible demonstration of people power.

The rise of the mass movement has been the result of an economic crisis caused by successive right-wing rule in Sri Lanka. People are suffering from lack of access to basic
necessities in life and are demanding better. Despite the successes, the movement faces severe, ongoing repression from the Sri Lankan government.

Come along to this discussion featuring a panel of activists discussing what we can learn from the movement and how we can build solidarity on the ground.


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